Akiestar From Philippines, joined May 2009, 747 posts, RR: 0 Reply 1, posted (1 year 9 months 2 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 2409 times:
There's a very big seat sale going on right now for CRK-KLO and CRK-DVO: PQ is offering 2000 seats for P275 all-in, one-way. This will be very interesting indeed, and I hope PQ can make its foray into CRK successful.
CityAirline From Sweden, joined Nov 2005, 671 posts, RR: 1 Reply 3, posted (1 year 9 months 2 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 1782 times:
I think it's great that this airline is finally comencing service! But, I think it will be a failure operating out of CRK. It needs to be MNL! I mean fine, there is surely demand from the Pampanga region itself, but not that much! This airline wants a large piece of the Manila cake, but with Cebu Pacific, Airphil Express and Zest Air having their bases at MNL, who would want to fly to/from CRK? The few LCCs that already do, can do so thanks to the travelers going to/from northern Luzon (not MNL!), and this market is well served as it is.
So AirAsia Philippines needs to relocate their hub to MNL if they want to become a major player in the country, OR the government invests in a high-speed railway system to CRK and move the whole centre of Philippine aviation to CRK. This will have to be done sooner or later as MNL will handle around 34 million passengers this year, without any room to grow. Although, this is another story...
EBGflyer From Denmark, joined Sep 2006, 918 posts, RR: 0 Reply 4, posted (1 year 9 months 2 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 1707 times:
Quoting CityAirline (Reply 3): So AirAsia Philippines needs to relocate their hub to MNL if they want to become a major player in the country, OR the government invests in a high-speed railway system to CRK and move the whole centre of Philippine aviation to CRK. This will have to be done sooner or later as MNL will handle around 34 million passengers this year, without any room to grow. Although, this is another story
I agree. I think the long term vision to make CRK into a major airport is not going to materialize within the near future. The current expansion of the airport is a bit of a cheap'o solution and not something I think will make CRK futher attractive in the longer run. There is some potential though as there is plenty of space for runways and terminals in the area. MNL cannot be expanded so much more and the airport is a bit of a mess. If they really wanted to take advantage of the opportunity to build a major airport, they should go all in, with a totally new airport layout, an express train from MNL and a long term strategy to make it more attractive to fly into Philippines. I doubt however that decision makers in the Philippines have what is necessary to raise the money for such a project and to implement a vision that can compete with countries in the region.
jetsetter629 From United States of America, joined Nov 2007, 435 posts, RR: 0 Reply 5, posted (1 year 9 months 1 week 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 1593 times:
Good for Air Asia and the Philippines! Air Asia has really it's footprint in just about every country in Southeast Asia now, but the Philippines is becoming a very competitive domestic market!
What about Vietnam? I know they were trying to get in there a few years ago but red tape prohibited then from opening a branch in the country. With 90 million people, a well run LCC would be very successful. I know there is Jetstar Pacific, but that does not seem to be a well run airline at the moment and who knows what VN (it's majority stake holder) has in store for it's future.